One Fund Boston Distributes Final Funds to Bombing Survivors

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile wheels himself while hero Carlos Arredondo follows behind, left, during the Boston Marathon Tribute Run in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile wheels himself while hero Carlos Arredondo follows behind, left, during the Boston Marathon Tribute Run in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Today the nonprofit One Fund Boston announced they are distributing the final $18,459,327 cash funds to more than 200 survivors and the most affected victims’ families of the April 15, 2013 bombing at the Bostom Marathon finish line.

The total cash, gifts, and support programs and services collected and distributed by the nonprofit, established by a collaboration between Governor Deval Patrick and Former Mayor Tom Menino, came to more than $80 million since it was established in April 2013.

In a remarkable note, the One Fund says that 36 members of the community of survivors have chosen not to be recipients of the second distribution, so that more of the support and services could be available for what the One Fund called “invisible injuries” such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and mental health issues that afflicted so many of the spectators that day at the Boston Marathon. The cash, services, and gifts will total $2,295,000 per family for the families of the four victims who lost their lives in the bombings.

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The recipients were determined with the assistance of a medical panel who evaluated the needs of each of the cases and, according to the press release, “work toward maximizing survivors’ lifetime potential through proven programs and innovative treatments.”

The One Fund also announced today that $1.5 million of its funds will go to establish a center to provide personalized care and support for survivors and their families, similar to the Home Base Program, which provides clinical and support services for Massachusetts soldiers and their families during and after deployment. The One Fund Center will be located at Massachusetts General Hospital. It will exist as a collaboration between Mass. General, Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

More than 200,000 individuals, businesses, and charities have donated to the One Fund from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.